August 24, 2013

Siem Reap, Cambodia - Part III

As I mentioned in my previous post,
we spent a full morning exploring around Angkor Wat, 
after which we made our way through the city gates of Angkor Thom,
to take in four other temples that were high on our priority list. 

Bayon Temple was the first on our list. 
Often competing with Angkor Wat as a tourist top favorite,
Bayon was breathtaking in its own right. 
The structure's most distinct feature is the collection of massive stone faces on the many towers which jut out from the upper terrace and cluster around its central peak. 
Exchanging eskimo kisses with one of the Bayon residents. 
The weather in Siem Reap was INCREDIBLY hot on this day,
and unfortunately the surrounding trees offered little relief. 
We powered through the next two temples - 
climbing to the top of each (barely),
taking in the sights, and quickly retreating back down. 
Can you see the resting Buddha above?
After taking a much needed lunch break,
in an air-conditioned restaurant no less,
we were off to discover the last temple of the day. 
Ta Prohm may have been my favorite temple,
not because I pictured myself as swift as Angelina Jolie as I climbed through those ruins,
(Ta Prohm is the main temple where the movie Tomb Raider was filmed),
but because of the incredible effect that the overgrown trees gave to the historical sight. 
I'm getting hot just thinking back to this day.. 
but oh my goodness what I would give to be there right now!


August 23, 2013

Color in Motion 5K - This Weekend!

Happy Friday peeps!
Remember when I told you about the Color in Motion 5k coming to San Diego?!
Well the time is finally here!
This Saturday, August 24th, 
I'll be along hundreds of others, as we run through the rainbow storm. 
It's going to be so fun!

And guess what? 
You can still register and join me!
Even better news?
We've increased the discount rate that you can take advantage of by using 
the promo code "LoveSanDiego" at checkout. 
You can now receive 30% off the registration rate! 

So what are you waiting for?
Register today, and join me tomorrow morning for the most exciting way to exercise you'll experience all year. 


August 20, 2013

Siem Reap, Cambodia - Part II

One of the main reasons Erik and I decided to venture out to Siem Reap,
was to see Angkor Wat with our own eyes. 
Considered to be one of the wonders of the world,
this temple complex still stands as the largest religious monument on earth. 
Pretty impressive, considering that the structure was built in the early 12th century by Khmer King Suryavarman II.
Translated as "Temple City" from the Khmer language,
Angkor Wat was everything we imagined, and then some. 

We knew we had a long day of sightseeing ahead of us,
which is why we decided to wake up extra early and catch the sunrise over the temples from a hot air balloon. 
This was definitely one of the most memorable experiences of my life, 
not only because I'm deathly afraid of heights,
but also because the views were nothing short of gorgeous. 
After landing back on the ground,
we went and grabbed some breakfast before setting out for a full-day expedition around the ruins. 
Our first destination was Angkor Wat.
Just a point of clarification - 
Angkor Wat is just one of the temples constructed in the center of Siem Reap,
just south of Angkor Thom, the last and most enduring capital of the Khmer Empire. 
Angkor Thom is actually home to several other temples, including the Bayon Temple, but more about that later. 
Today I'd like to share some photos from our time in Angkor Wat. 

We entered the complex from the back,
away from the rest of the tourists, and rather in the company of monkeys. 
We spent hours wandering around the giant complex... trying to take it all in,
awed by the sheer beauty of the architecture that lies in the center of the jungle. 
Like I said... the temple is truly wondrous. 
Something that everyone should witness for themselves, 
and I feel so privileged to be able to cross this site off my list of "must see places in the world".